Fatherlessness is a growing problem in our country, one that contributes to many of the challenges faced by America's families. When dads aren’t around, young people are more likely to drop out of school, use drugs, be involved in the criminal justice system and become young parents themselves.
The Fatherhood Initiative promotes strategies that encourage support for fathers and families. In 1960, less than 8 million children were living in families where the father was absent. Today the number of children living in father-absent homes stands at 24 million. Through research, discussions and planning, the federal government is determined to replicate initiatives that prove especially useful for non-custodial parents struggling to enter the workforce, earn a living wage and reconnect with family members, specifically their children.
The Fatherhood Initiative and member agencies are supporting family- and father-friendly policies, highlighting the importance of fathers in the lives of their children and developing coalitions that can provide resources to help men become better dads.
Sign up here to join the Fatherhood Initiative www.fatherhood.gov/pledge.